Zainab al-Khawaja to be released - Bahrain

SHAFAQNA - A court in Bahrain has ordered the release of a prominent female rights campaigner, Zainab al-Khawaja, who has been in prison with her baby son since March. According to the public prosecution statement carried by state news…

Reject Censorship at Conference on Refugees - Petition

SHAFAQNA - STOP THE WAR IN SYRIA is calling on supporters to mobilize. "Please help the Syrians... The Syrians need help now. Just stop the war. We don't want to stay in Europe, just stop the war." We first met 13-year-old Syrian refugee…

"We Must Remain in Europe," says Jeremy Corbyn

SHAFAQNA - Jeremy Corbyn has a very clear vision of the future and it most definitely involves the EU. Just a fierce debate is still raging in the UK on whether or not Britain ought to stay within the European Union, Jeremy Corbyn, the head…

Muslim Women Confront Exeter Man Who Says Muslims Are ‘Cockroaches Invading’ UK

SHAFAQNA - Two Muslim women bravely confronted and shut down a man who claimed the biggest problem facing Britain was the “invasion” of Muslims, who he labelled “cockroaches”. Kalsoom Naqvi and Tayiba Hussain claim they were walking…

Turkey's blackmail and the war refugees

SHAFAQNA - TURKEY has threatened to send migrants back to European Union (EU) countries if the visa-free travel deal falls through as talks stall over the country’s anti-terror laws. Officials in Brussels offered Turkey £2.5billion and…

Nigeria: Muslims Need Strategic Planning for Ramadan - Cleric

SHAFAQNA - An Islamic scholar in Abuja, Ustaz Rasheed Haashim, has called on Muslims to properly plan their time ahead of the forthcoming Ramadan in order to fully reap its benefits. Ustaz Haashim made the call while delivering a lecture during…

A taste of Ramadan

SHAFAQNA - It’s that special time of the year: Ramadan. Also known as the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which 1.6 billion Muslims around the world will observe a fast from sunrise to sunset. Fasting is one of the five pillars…

Egyptian Christians find it difficult to move on

SHAFAQNA - Egypt Christians are still traumatised .... and who could blame them? Who could in all honesty demand that the Christian community forget the attack they suffered by the hands of self-righteous crowd? Beyond any religious issues,…

Beating the drums of war or military posing? A look at Israel’s new ministerial appointment

SHAFAQNA - Israel has a new Minister of War… sorry – a new Minister of Defense, to navigate it to safer, calmer waters – or so goes the fairy tale. Actually no, Israel’s fairy tale long abandoned any real ambition for peace – at least…

Special features of Sahifah Sajjadiyyah (Part One)

SHAFAQNA - Sahihah Sajjadiyyah is a book containing 54 Duas by Imam Sajjad (AS). After the holy Quran and Nahjul Balaghah, this book has an important position among Shia Muslims. Agha Bozorg Tehrani mentioned 50 commentaries of Sahifah in Alzari'ah…

Why piety and justice are inseparable?

SHAFAQNA - According to the holy Quran, all Divine Commands are meaningful within the frame of piety (Taqwa) and the nearest deed which proves it (piety) to be true is justice, and this is clearly stated by Allah (SWT) in Ayah 8 of Surah Al-Ma’edah:…

Can the believer break the given promise?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: Whoever believes in Allah (SWT) and the Day of Judgment must fulfill his/her given promise [1]. It is also narrated from Imam Sadeq (AS) who said: Do not promise your brother…

Three signs of hypocrites according to the Prophet of Islam (PBUH)

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: There are three things (three signs; three characteristics) which if exist in any person, that person is a hypocrite even if he/she claims to be Muslim, performs Salaat, fasts…

Moving Perspectives - Shafaqna Exclusive Interview with Salah Lamrani

SHAFAQNA - In order to bring you, our readers, closer to realities and truths, Shafaqna will conduct a series of exclusive podcast interviews with renown political analysts politicians, officials, religious leaders, and academics. As always…

Muslims in Turkey demand right to pray at Hagia Sophia

SHAFAQNA - On Saturday thousands of Muslim worshippers descended on Istanbul's world famous Hagia Sophia, the towering former Byzantine church that is now a museum, to demand the right to pray there, Turkish media reported. An imam led a…

The 10th Day Gala Dinner - Coming to Manchester this June 4th

SHAFAQNA - The 10th Day will host its second Gala Dinner this Saturday  - June 4th - in Manchester. The vibrant youth organization promises its guests an exciting evening under the banner of Imam Hussain - one of Islam's greatest heroes…

President Sisi vows to punish Muslim mob over Christian woman attack

SHAFAQNA - Muslims who attacked and stripped an elderly Christian woman in a southern Egyptian village will be punished, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said Monday. The Muslim mob in Minya province’s Karma village had also torched and looted…

Ayatollah Nouri Hamedani: Unity sole healing for Muslim world issues

SHAFAQNA - Grand Ayatollah Hussein Noori Hamedani, senior Shia jurisprudent, met with a group of scholars, politicians, managers of Islamic centers and also academicians from Pakistan highlighting importance of knowing the enemies calling religious…

My journey back to Islam - At last I found God

SHAFAQNA - Born and raised as a Muslim in Iran until the age of 22, I finally had my unimaginable dream come true. I was about to travel to California to study and complete the process of family migration to the US that took us about 15 years…

Moving Perspectives - Shafaqna Exclusive Interview with Raya Shokatfard: women rights activists and public speaker

SHAFAQNA - In order to bring you, our readers, closer to realities and truths, Shafaqna will conduct a series of exclusive podcast interviews with renown political analysts politicians, officials, religious leaders, and academics. As always…

Magnanimity of Ahlul Bait (AS)

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: Generosity and nobleness of Ahlul Bait (AS) is that we forgive and we are tolerant towards the person who has been cruel to us, and we give generously to the one who has deprived…

Why forgiveness is better than revenge?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Sajjad (AS) who said: The right of the person who has done bad to you by words or by action is that, if that bad deed is on purpose, forgiving him/her is better for you because your forgiveness makes that…

An effective plan for life

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Kazim (AS) who said: Try to divide your daily life into four parts; time for prayers to God, time for earning livelihood, time for socializing with brothers and trusted individuals who indicate your faults…

The need to learn from history

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) in a letter to his son Imam Hassan Mojtaba (AS) wrote: My son, show (present) the past history to yourself, and remember what happened to previous generations. Travel to their lands and visit the remains of the past…

Shafaqna Exclusive Interview with Allama Ghulam Hur Shabbiri – Shia genocide in Pakistan

SHAFAQNA - There has been a sharp rise in attacks against Pakistan Shiite community, leading many experts, and observers to war of the genocidal undertone of such sectarian targeting. Branded apostates by radical militants, Shiites have suffered…

Viewpoints - Misunderstanding Islam

SHAFAQNA - There is a great misun­derstanding of Islam in the West, a fair amount of which falls under the banner of Islamophobia — the unfounded fear of Islam. True, much of this misconception has been accentuated by actions of Islamist…

Muslim Americans gather to help dispel myths about Islamophobia

SHAFAQNA - Nearly 25,000 people, including Ismael Essa, gathered at the Baltimore Convention Center Saturday for a three-day conference. "It's a lot of speakers and I can get some knowledge from great scholars all over the U.S., and to be…

Political rhetoric drives attacks on Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Two weeks ago, three men assaulted a 19-year-old American Muslim in Astoria, Queens, New York. One suspect shouted “Arab” and punched the victim twice in the face. A second screamed “ISIS” and approached with a metal pipe.…